The 2009 Detroit Lions: The Larry Foote Interview

Michael MrockCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 11:  Larry Foote #50 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands in the snow during their game against the Chicago Bears on December 11, 2005 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Bears 21-9.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

This offseason, Larry Foote joined the Detroit Lions via the free agent market. As a member of two Super Bowl championship teams with the Steelers, Foote brings a new attitude to the Lions that will resurrect the defense and inspire the rest of the Lions to forget that 0-16 is in the past.

Larry, what is the greatest challenge the Lions will face on defense?  Is it any particular team, or is it looking in the mirror and realizing what must be done?

How do you convince the Lions fans that the 0-16 season/attitude/excuses are over? 

What is the greatest asset that you will bring from your years playing from the Steelers?

Does any of the Super Bowls you have won will mean as much as being involved with the  turning around the Lions?

The Lions do play the Steelers in Week Five.  What do the Lions need to do to defeat the Steelers?

What linebackers, either current or from prior eras, do you model your style of play after?  

What coaches, teachers shaped who you are today?

Are there any current players are you a fan of?

Which offensive players do you play extra focused for?

What offensive play(s) do you love to defend?

What are you expectations short of the playoffs do you expect from the Lions? Or are the playoffs possible with the 2009 Lions? If not, when reasonably do you see them making the postseason?

In terms of the players that have fallen from grace—Vick, Pacman—can they make it back or is it better for them to do something else?

How much did your heart ache watching last season's Wolverines?

Do you think they (U-M) will bounce back in 2009?

Are you a fan of the spread? 

You have talked about taking over the Pershing High Football team, how will you build the program in that what style of offense/defense will you want to run?

Would you aspire to coach in college and/or the pros some day as well?

What does the city of Detroit need to do to recover?

What can the local pro teams do to help out the 'D'?

In your spare time away from football, what do you like to do?

What were your feelings when Barack Obama was elected? 

How was it to meet the new president at the White House?

Thank you Larry for your time and more importantly your selfless decision to return to Detroit.  The Lions, the fans and the residents of the city of Detroit are glad you have decided to return.